Hope you are all doing well. I am in need of information please, so if any of you have been in this situation, or know someone who has.. please reply.
My mother was diagnosed with rectal cancer 1 month ago. Due to her hisory of ulcerative colitis, the docotr said he would be doing her an injustice by not removing ALL her parts becase the risk of it spreading would be very high. She had surgery last Wednesday, (an ileostomy) had her anuus, colon, rectum, ovaries removed, she now needs to use an appliance to relieve herself (a bag on her belly).
Anyway, she came home from the hospital yesterday, and she is truly doing great, her pathology came back clean, no lymph node involvement, and no spreading as far as they can see. This is where I need the advice. The doctor told her that she should consider "Preventative Chemo & Radiation" 6 months of it, statistics show that your chances of never getting it again are 15% higher, however they removed everthing! Has anyone here ever been in her shoes? did you opt for the chemo & radiation or not? How are you doing now?
Thanks in advance for any insight.